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Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo

Representing the People of Guam

Bordallo Meets with Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin

May 4, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today met with Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin and the Democratic Women’s Working Group to discuss issues facing veterans.  She raised with him the unique challenges that veterans on Guam have when accessing care.  The meeting was a unique opportunity to educate the new Secretary about current challenges regarding veteran care on Guam. Specifically she addressed staffing levels at the Community Based Outreach Center (CBOC) and that many veterans must travel to Hawaii to receive care and diagnostic testing.  Congresswoman Bordallo expressed her anticipation for the CBOC remodel and expansion.

“Today I had an opportunity to meet with VA Secretary Shulkin to discuss many of the challenges that our veterans face when accessing care on Guam.  I updated him on the continued staffing challenges we face and that these vacancies create delays in care and place a burden on the dedicated VA staff at the CBOC. I asked Secretary Shulkin to assist in addressing the staffing shortage at the Guam CBOC.  I was also able to give him a deeper understanding of some of the unique challenges that veterans on Guam face, such as having to travel to Hawaii for some care and tests.  This is a burden and stressor to the veterans of Guam and their families.  I also expressed my anticipation of the completion of the Guam CBOC remodel and expansion.  The remodel and expansion is critical to improving the care on Guam and I look forward to its completion in the near future.”